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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Mentors and Monsters by Mary Alderete is a fiction book in the horror genre. It will appeal most to a horror loving audience of adults who enjoy sitting on the edge of their seats as they wait for the next horror to occur. The story follows Dylan, a human who works at an accounting firm, and the demon known as Han, who is a soul eater. Dylan’s desire for advancement caused him to sell his soul off to Han. However, Dylan’s time is coming to an end as, with each second, his soul comes closer and closer to being devoured. In a desperate attempt to save his soul, Dylan enters a new and dangerous bargain where for each soul Dylan manages to get sold, he gains more time with his own soul.
Move over Abaddon, Crowley, and Yellow Eyes, there is a new demon in town who goes by the name of Han. Mentors and Monsters by Mary Alderete reminded me a bit of the TV show Supernatural with how Han bargains for souls much like the demons in Supernatural do. I enjoyed the moral dilemma of the book in that the only way for Dylan to save his own life was to convince his coworkers to enter the same disastrous bargain that he himself regrets. My favorite part of Mentors and Monsters is the part where Han and Dylan compete to see who can get a person to sell their soul the fastest. I really enjoyed the dynamic of the final game as there was so much on the line for both the human and the demon. While I found Han terrifying at times, I also really enjoyed the demon as a character. I found Mentors and Monsters by Mary Alderete to be well written, with particularly well thought out dialogue between the characters. It is by far the best horror book I have ever read!